Sunday, July 13, 2014
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The Parable of the Sower in stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral (ca. 1180)
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, July 13, 2014
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HOLY COMMUNION THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The Seven Marks of the Church: The Holy Cross Sunday, July 13, 2014 + 9:30 a.m.
LET MY HEART BE GOOD SOIL God's word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord's table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.
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GATHERING The Holy Spirit gathers us together as the people of God The GATHERING MUSIC The WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT
Let us join together and say our Mission Statement. Come and see, Follow me, The gift of God, Jesus Christ, Has set us free. The BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESION & FORGIVENESS The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of Holy Baptism as the presiding minister begins.
In the Name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the presence of God, who sees our hearts and our minds, let us confess our sin.
The assembly kneels or sits. Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination.
God our strength, we confess that we are captive to the power of sin that dwells within us. We put ourselves first and others last.
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What we think will make us happy leaves us longing for more. Even when we want to do what is good, we find ourselves doing the opposite. Rescue us from death's grip on our lives, and raise us up day by day, that we may be alive to God in Christ Jesus. Amen. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; therefore we are justified by God's grace as a gift. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, in whom we have forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins. In the Name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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The GATHERING HYMN Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
The GREETING & PRAYER OF THE DAY The pastor and the assembly greet each other.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
The presider prays the prayer of the day. Let us praythe prayer concludesone God, now and forever. Amen.
The assembly is seated. WORD Gods Word is proclaimed in Scripture reading and preaching The FIRST READING Isaiah 55:10-13 God's word to Israel's exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.
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10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. The reading concludes: Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God. The SECOND READING Romans 8:1-11 There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal
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bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. The reading concludes: Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
The assembly stands to welcome the Gospel.
The GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
The HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 In Matthew's gospel, both Jesus and his disciples "sow the seed" of God's word by proclaiming the good news that "the kingdom of heaven is near." Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Holy +1 Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!" 18Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was
1 Using the thumb, the people may make three small signs of the cross, one on the forehead, one on the lips, and one on the breast while silently using the traditional prayer, May the Good News of Jesus Christ be in my mind, and on my lips, and in my heart. Amen
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sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
The reading concludes:
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
The assembly is seated. The SERMON The Seven Marks of the Church: The Holy Cross Excerpts from On the Councils and the Church (Part III) by Martin Luther (Luthers Works, Vol. 41, p. 164-165)
Seventh, the holy Christian people are externally recognized by the holy possession of the sacred cross. They must endure every misfortune and persecution, all kinds of trials and evil from the devil, the world, and the flesh (as the Lords Prayer indicates) by inward sadness, timidity, fear, outward poverty, contempt, illness, and weakness, in order to become like their head, Christ. These are the true seven principal parts of the great holy possession whereby the Holy Spirit effects in us a daily sanctification and vivification in Christ, according to the first table of Moses. By this we obey it, albeit never as perfectly as Christ. But we constantly strive to attain the goal, under his redemption or remission of sin, until we too shall one day become perfectly holy and no longer stand in need of forgiveness. Everything is directed toward that goal. I would even call these seven parts the seven sacraments, but since that term has been misused by the papists and is used in a different sense in Scripture, I shall let them stand as the seven principal parts of Christian sanctification or the seven holy possessions of the church.